That’s right, after last night’s game, Pierre finally has the required number of plate of appearances to qualify for the batting title, and his .348 mark places him second in the league behind David Wright’s .365. Really, of all the unexpected parts of the 2009 season – Manny’s suspension, Martin & Furcal’s horrificness, the nearly uncontested division race – could anything be more surprising than that?
Sorry to say, Juan’s deal with the devil may be running out, though: after hitting .407 on May 28, he’s at just .233/.270/.250 in the 14 games since. Of course, the entire offense has sputtered lately, so there’s no attempt to single out Pierre here – but if he doesn’t turn it around, there’s not going to be much of a controversy about sending him back to the bench when Manny returns on July 3, will there?
(Yes, I know that giant fat sack of crap Andruw Jones homered yesterday. I didn’t miss it. No, I can’t bring myself to even speak about him or his idiotic comments about Frank McCourt. He’s a thief. That’s all there is to it.)